Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Over 7,400 small stakeholders and farmer’s associations in Kebbi State have benefitted from the N2.4bn NG-CARES Federal Government agricultural program.
The effort is aimed at helping farmers to increase food production capacity for food security in the state,
Addressing the beneficiaries, the Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Abba Sani Kalgo, reminded the beneficiaries of the state’s premier position in agriculture and their own place in it as active and productive farmers.
“A status you must strive to uphold at all cost, by particularly making the judicious use of the inputs given to them and coming tops in agricultural production at state and national levels,” he added.
The over 7,400 farmers who benefited from the program, received bags of fertilizer and assorted inputs worth N2.4bn.
The Governor said the gesture by the authorities was a stimulus, for the farmers to be galvanized in serious farming with an outcome of sizeable quality and quantity of their end products and expressed hope that the farmers would not disappoint the government.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigari Dakingari said the fertilizer distribution to 7, 400 farmers in the state is a stimulus to cushion the effect of Covid- 19 and help farmers increase their food production capacity and boost food security in the state and the nation at large.
He said Kebbi is an agricultural state blessed with enormous resources, committed farmers, and good leadership to boost its agricultural potential.
He said the state government has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the farmers as shown in the successes recorded in rice production.
“Government is committed to boosting the agricultural potentials of Kebbi State through its many engagements with farmers and distribution of farm input to small stakeholders’ farmers in other to boost their production capacity”, he added.